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The Antidote to Loneliness

October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - October 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Do you struggle with feeling lonely or isolated? Do you crave to feel connected and a part of something greater? Do you struggle with maintaining your independence in the midst of close relationship? Or maybe you find it hard to fully surrender into the vulnerability of intimacy?

Relationship is complex ground that is ripe to offer us not only joy and connection but also a mirror into your own blindspots – both in its presence and its absence. You crave connection and at the same time are afraid of it, you crave your independence and alone time and at the same time fear the experience of being alone. What are you really seeking when we are longing for romance? What is the real antidote to loneliness?

Join us for these weekend teachings with master Dharma Teachers and bestselling authors Catherine Pawasarat & Doug Duncan and gain the perspectives and tools to heal loneliness at its core.

Here’s what you can expect from the classes:

  • Learn what causes loneliness and how you can begin to heal it
  • Gain tools to build meaningful and truly satisfying connections
  • Discover some of the most common behaviours that keep you locked in feelings of loneliness
  • Learn how to shift these behaviours to have rewarding relationships


  • Saturday October 27th- 10am-noon
  • Sunday October 28th- 10am-noon

*Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can start on time.

About the Teachers

Achariya Doug Duncan has been teaching the Buddhist path to awakening for over three decades.  Known for his direct and compassionate engagement with students, Doug embraces the full spectrum of the various traditions he employs in order to mentor beings to a more awakened state. His great sense of humour, caring attitude and sometimes very direct involvement makes him an effective catalyst for opening the shadow, for very practical application of the teachings, for humorous and gentle relief when tensions mount and through a diverse range of explorations expands the teachings to include all aspects of life.


Catherine Pawasarat began her spiritual practices in earnest in her early 20s, when she struggled to make sense of personal suffering and international environmental and social justice challenges.  She has trained daily with Achariya Doug Duncan since 1998 in an intensive spiritual apprenticeship that is rare in the modern West. Since the early 2000s Catherine has provided dharma training and taught the path of awakening to hundreds of students, together with Doug and on her own. In addition to Buddhist philosophy and its applications to daily life, Catherine also draws on generative living (a.k.a. sustainability) and the arts. With Doug she is co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies and Planet Dharma, and a lineage holder for these teachings.

Fees: Dāna + Admin Fee

These teachings are offered by Doug & Catherine Sensei as a form of Dāna (traditional generosity giving) and likewise, attendees are asked to reciprocate generously to the teachers. There will be a Dāna bowl available at the foyer of the Dharma Hub for you to give your offering or you can use the button below to give your offering electronically. More information: Dāna Guidelines and Practice.

Dāna for Doug & Catherine: 

There is also a Dharma Hub Administration Fee* of $30/session or $50 for the whole weekend.  (Please note that this fee does not go to the teachers but helps cover the costs to bring the teachers to Calgary, including transportation and accommodation.)

Admin Fee:

* We aim not to exclude anyone from access to the Dharma because of financial issues. If the admin fee is out of your reach, but you are determined to join, please contact us to discuss alternative forms of exchange.


October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am
October 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
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Dharma Hub, Calgary


Dharma Hub Calgary
1035 8 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 0M5 Canada
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